Cymdeithas Hanes Resolfen History Society

A web log for the Resolven History Society which publishes articles and stories related to Resolven and the immediate surroundings.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Resolven, by C.J.O. Evans

This is an extract from CJO Evans, "Glamorgan, its History and Topography" published 1953.

Resolven, six miles north-east of Neath and in its pretty value, is a colliery town through which the Tennant Canal passes. The splendid Melincourt Fall (80 feet) can be reached by crossing the Melincourt brook beyond St. David's Church, and taking a short walk up the ravine. Near Henllan Farm are believed to be the remains of a stone circle. It was about 30 feet in diameter and was composed of about 28 small stones leaning inwards with, apparently, no centre stone. St. David's Church built in the early Gothic style in the middle of the 19th century consist of chancel, nave, western porch, and belfry. A grange, or chapel, it is believed, formerly existed here. The Bryn Cyffneithan stone from this district is now at the National Museum of Wales. It is a cross of the familiar type of the Margam stones, with the inscription in a panel below a wheel cross. The inscription remaining is PROP ARAUI T GABA LA... (Gabala ... prepared [this cross for the soul of ...]).
The stone, it is said, formerly stood near a small holy well in the vicinity.


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